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Parca from Binary

You can download the latest binary release for your architecture from our releases page.

curl -sL`uname -s`_`uname -m`.tar.gz | tar xvfz - parca

We also produce Docker images that can be pulled:

docker pull

We provide an example configuration file that you can use to get Parca running, and the scrape configuration section should look familiar to anyone familiar with Prometheus.

directory: "./tmp"
directory: "./tmp"

- job_name: "default"
scrape_interval: "2s"
- targets: [""]

You can download from our repository:

curl -sL > parca.yaml

To start Parca, pass this config file with the config-path flag:

parca --config-path="parca.yaml"

You should be greeted with the splash and some log lines:

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{"caller":"log.go:124","level":"info","msg":"loading bucket configuration","name":"parca","ts":"2021-09-16T01:13:18.874904009Z"}
{"caller":"log.go:124","level":"debug","msg":"Starting provider","name":"parca","provider":"static/0","subs":"[default]","ts":"2021-09-16T01:13:18.876115335Z"}
{"addr":":7070","caller":"server.go:84","level":"info","msg":"starting server","name":"parca","ts":"2021-09-16T01:13:18.876178645Z"}
{"caller":"log.go:124","level":"debug","msg":"Discoverer channel closed","name":"parca","provider":"static/0","ts":"2021-09-16T01:13:18.876192954Z"}

This will start the Parca server on port 7070 and configure it to retrieve profiles from itself every 1 second automatically.

Other flags can be found using the help flag.

parca --help

Usage: parca

-h, --help Show context-sensitive help.
--config-path="parca.yaml" Path to config file.
--log-level="info" log level.
--port=":7070" Port string for server
Allowed CORS origins.
--otlp-address=STRING OpenTelemetry collector address to send traces to.
--storage-tsdb-retention-time=6h How long to retain samples in storage.

Once Parca is running, you can navigate to the web interface on the browser.


You should shortly see the Select profile... dropdown menu populate with the profiles that Parca is retrieving from itself. Selecting one of these profile types and clicking the Search button will retrieve the profiles of that type for the time selection (default Last Hour)


This should result in a time series based on the profile that is interactable. Clicking anywhere on the line graph should then bring up an icicle graph for the profile that you've selected.


You can then interact with the icicle graph to better understand how Parca is behaving.